Introduce food chains and food webs with this activity that focuses on the mangrove forest ecosystem! With this resource, your students will be introduced to the concepts of producers and consumers, and then they will dive into a fun activity in which they create their own food web and answer questions about it.
This lesson, although intended as a part of an NGSS Storyline on mangrove forests, can be used as a standalone lesson on the following topics:
- Food Chains
- Food Webs
- Consumers, Producers (Autotroph, Heterotroph)
- Primary, Secondary, Tertiary Consumers
This lesson will introduce the following vocabulary using a Google Slides Presentation: food chains, food webs, producers, and consumers.
After key vocabulary has been introduced, students are given time to create their own food webs. Students can create their food webs by cutting and gluing onto a piece of poster paper or by simply arranging the cards on their desks and drawing arrows with a dry erase marker. It is up to you if you’d like their work to be saved or cleaned up at the end of the lesson. Alternatively, there is a digital version where students can create their food webs on Google Slides to save on prep and clean up time.
Next, bring the group back together to discuss producers and primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary consumers. Do the practice questions on the Google Slides and then give students to answer based on their own food web.
Finally, have students answer the reflection questions that refer to their food webs and share out if time allows.
Who is this resource for?
This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9. It comprehensively covers the topics mentioned, and provides opportunities for student responses which can be implemented in a whole group lesson or assigned for homework.
This lesson is a part of a NGSS storyline unit that addresses the question: What would happen if mangrove forests disappeared?
This resource was originally designed to be used to support the conservation and restoration efforts of the UAE’s rich mangrove forest ecosystems. It has since been modified for use around the world.
How Can I Use this Resource?
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- An independent work station in a set of stations
- Flipped Classroom pre-reading
- Whole or small group opportunity to model and teach Close Reading strategies and annotation
- Differentiation – Assign this activity as reteaching for students who have yet to show mastery.
- Creation of Independent Work Packet for students who are not able to be present for direct instruction.
- Extension activity for early finishers or for students who show a special interest in the topic
- Use as a square on a Choice Board
- Interactive Notebooks: Print 2 pages in one and cut apart. Glue mini pages into notebooks with room for annotations on the side
- Interactive Notebooks: Print entire PDF as a mini booklet and add to notebooks using these simple instructions.
- Student Sheet (Print & Digital)
- Food Webs Activity Digital (Google Slides)
- Guiding Google Slides Presentation
Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to student friendly Google versions of these files. You will be able to copy the files and use them with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.
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NGSS STANDARDS COVERED BY THIS MANGROVE FOREST FOOD WEBS: